Our latest BayBuzz mag is available this week at your favourite pick-up point. Subscribers will have received yours already. You can view a digital version of the mag, exactly as published, via our online reader.

The major theme of this edition is Hawke’s Bay’s local governance, and the politics and issues surrounding possible change.

Kathy Webb discusses the politics of reorganisation in Political Battle Lines Drawn.

I analyze reorg issues in Is Hawke’s Bay Organised to Face the Future?

Various viewpoints on the issue are expressed by …

Rebecca Turner — For A Better Hawke’s Bay

Tim Gilbertson — Local Government … A Non-Stop Gravy Train

Claire Hague — writing from the perspective of the education sector, Long Bows and Red Herrings

Moving to other issues …

I take a look at the Bay’s demographic trends — unfortunately the news isn’t good — in Forget About ‘Growing’ Hawke’s Bay

Keith Newman identifies the ‘big ticket’ items coming up in councils’ about-to-be-announced Long Term Plans (LTPs), in Cohesive Vision Missing in a Billion Dollar Spend Up

Mark Sweet looks at a few of the developers whose visions are shaping our living environment here in Hawke’s Bay, in Personal Visions Develop Hawke’s Bay

More from Guest Advocates, with Stuart Nash challenging the leadership of Napier (as well as Hawke’s Bay Tourism), in Marine Parade … A Pale Shadow; and George Hickton projecting the future of tourism in the Bay, in Re-Writing Hawke’s Bay’s Tourism ‘Software’

Then our regular columnists take over …

David Trubridge takes on the Food Bill, which he views as National Government “going after the small fry”, in The Brat Kids Fight Back

Kay Bazzard looks at some key happenings in Havelock North — Keirunga workshops, Sirtrack’s success, and fibre rollout — in Inside Havelock North

Janet Luke wants urbanites to raise chickens, as she proposes in Six In The City

And Roy Dunningham gives us a tour of some of Hawke’s Bay’s best public art, in Public Art: Who Needs It?

Enjoy!

Tom Belford

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